2013 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Gewurztraminer – 2015 Southbrook Triomphe Cabernet Franc

2013 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Gewurztraminer – 2015 Southbrook Triomphe Cabernet Franc

2013 Cave Spring Estate Bottled Gewurztraminer – Vintages 302059 – $17.95 – **** – Gewurz in time for summer is something interesting. You will read tons of notes on how these wines pair well with spicy asian cuisine – Thai or Japanese. I love having something that pairs well with grilled sausages. The fact that Gewurz from Ontario is a little lighter than its european counterparts makes it a little more food friendly but the…

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Southbrook – So Many New Things.

Southbrook – So Many New Things.

Earlier this year I had a chance to do a broad tasting of the current offerings from Southbrook. Last year I had an opportunity to taste a depth of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon. It would seem the wines for sale this year offer something a little bit interesting. Vidal served two ways – both a sparkling and orange version. Also, we see a cider that is something of a Niagara take on a basque style….

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2015 Southbrook Organic Triomphe Pinot Noir – 2015 Southbrook Triomphe Chardonnay

2015 Southbrook Organic Triomphe Pinot Noir – 2015 Southbrook Triomphe Chardonnay

2015 Southbrook Organic Triomphe Pinot Noir – **** – This is a new entry fo the Triomphe line from Southbrook. This may push the price point of the triomphe line a little higher, but this still speaks great value. I will lament value priced Pinot Noir in this province as generally being a little harsh and earthy. This bottle from Southbrook is smooth, concentrated, and everything that’s right with Pinot Noir from Ontario. There is…

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Oct 21 – 2013 Southbrook Triomphe Cabernet Franc – 2014 Fielding Estate Bottled Riesling

Oct 21 – 2013 Southbrook Triomphe Cabernet Franc – 2014 Fielding Estate Bottled Riesling

2013 Southbrook Triomphe Cabernet Franc – Vintages 275958 – $21.95 – **** – I submit this wine as evidence that we should be flying the Franc flag high over the vineyards of Ontario. 2013 was a fairly typical summer in Niagara and this is reflected well in the bottle. This is not a wine that needs to spend time in your cellar, it’s drinking great right now and will make a perfect match to some…

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Southbrook 2012 Wild Ferment Chardonnay

Southbrook 2012 Wild Ferment Chardonnay

2012 Southbrook Wild Ferment Chardonnay – ****+ – $34.95 – Curiously Southbrook has released their 2012 Wild Ferment after the release of their 2013. Coming from the very warm 2012 summer this is a very different wine from the more subtle 2013 Chardonnay’s coming from Southbrook. Bolder, and bigger with fruit pushing to the edge of tropical. It does feel as though this wine was tamed in the barrel. There are aromas of pineapple and…

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Sperling Vineyards (July 2016)

Sperling Vineyards (July 2016)

One of my first stops in the Okanagan was to Sperling Estates. I have long been a fan of Ann Sperling’s work at Southbrook. So, as soon as I knew I was heading out west my first point of order was to make sure I got a chance to visit Ann’s family winery. I had a chance to taste through the portfolio with Rickard Branby. He is the Assistant Winemaker and Vineyard Manager for Sperling….

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Rosé for Everyone!

Rosé for Everyone!

The Wine Writers Circle of Canada recently hosted a Rosé tasting. We had over fifty wines available to taste from various growing regions. France, Italy, Australia, Spain, New Zealand and Ontario were all present. There were a lot of great wines on the table. The table was full of surprises including my favorite french bottle from Chateau de Berne. Chateau de Berne comes in what looks like an Olive oil bottle. I try to avoid…

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Southbrook the 2013 Batch

Southbrook the 2013 Batch

It’s safe to say that the 2010 and 2012 vintages are in the rear view mirror for most wineries in Ontario. There are a handful holding on to some reserve wines that we are yet to see, but that’s not what this post is about. 2013 offered us a more typical vintage for Ontario. What does this mean for what is in the bottle? Southbrook is going all out for the 2013 Vintage. They are…

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Chef and Somm: Jedi Level Wine Pairings

Chef and Somm: Jedi Level Wine Pairings

April 5th I was invited to a dinner hosted by Chef and Somm. This was the second time I have had the opportunity to enjoy a meal prepared by Chef Eyal Liebman and Sommelier Rebecca Meir-Liebman. You can read about my last meal here. Needless to say I was excited to have an opportunity to enjoy the meal and I did not leave disappointed. The attention to detail was apparent with a pairing of Mooshmallow…

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Southbrook: 2016 is Coming…

Southbrook: 2016 is Coming…

I recently had the chance to taste through a couple of the new releases from Southbrook. The “Whimsy” line is being replaced with the “Estate Grown Small Lot” line. I’m not sure it has the same ring to it that Whimsy does, but the wines are beautiful. Consider this your teaser trailer to what is yet to come from Southbrook in 2016. 2013 Cabernet Franc “201” – $34.95 – Winery Only – ****+ – This…

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